810.79611 Pan American Airways, Inc./82: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Great Britain (Atherton)

161. Pan American Airways, Incorporated, 100 East 42nd Street, New York, made application sometime ago to Government of British Honduras for authorization for their aircraft to land and take off from British Honduras and to use crown land for a landing field or to acquire and develop airport. The company has informed the Department that although the British Honduran Government is willing to grant this authorization the Colonial Office has withheld its approval because of the absence of a general aviation agreement between Great Britain and the United States.

Take up this matter immediately with appropriate authorities and endeavor to bring about favorable decision. You may assure British authorities that Federal Government of United States is prepared to grant on a reciprocal basis to British nationals and British concerns the same privileges that are desired in British Honduras by Pan American Airways, Incorporated, and to endeavor to arrange for granting of like facilities by interested State Governments. Experience in this latter regard convinces Department that there would be no difficulty in effecting arrangements. Department is informed that authorization of British authorities is necessary by July 1 next.